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SQ 779 has more than enough signatures

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KSWO) –The signatures were delivered and counted, and the final tally of signatures in favor of adding State Question 779, Initiative Petition 403, to the ballot surpassed the required amount by a large margin.

State Question 779 asks Oklahoma voters if they’re in favor of adding a one-cent sales tax to provide more money to public education and giving teacher’s a pay raise.

"We appreciate the diligent work of the Secretary of State’s office in quickly processing the signatures.  This is a historic moment.  Oklahoma citizens have provided more than 300,000 signatures - the largest and fastest gathering of signatures in state history - demanding a comprehensive solution to education funding woes.  We are one step closer to passing SQ 779,” said Amber England, executive director for Stand for Children Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Secretary of State Chris Benge and his office counted a total of 301,518 signatures for the state question, only 123,725 were needed.

Under Oklahoma law, the secretary of state’s office must send a report on their findings to the Oklahoma Supreme Court, which in turn will determine if there are sufficient signatures to place the question on the ballot in November.

You can learn more about the process here.

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